Ex-Defence chief ‘spoke from mindset of someone yet to accept democracy’ - Presidency

Presidency has reacted to statements made by a former Chief of Defence Staff, Mr Alexander Ogomudia, that ‘Nigeria may be restructured violently.

“This vituperation, coming from a former military Chief speaks volumes about the mindset of groups of citizens who have yet to accept democracy as a form of government,” presidential spokesman Garba Shehu on Sunday.

“It is very important to stress that we as a nation, are a constitutional democracy and changes to the country in structure, its systems, policy and politics must abide by the norms of democracy otherwise they would be extrajudicial and therefore unconstitutional,” Shehu added.

Shehu insisted that there was no way violence could help Nigeria to become better.

“The biggest challenge of the country today is not necessarily from perceived regional or state imbalances or conflicts between the government at the centre and states but from the mindsets and entities rooted in the idea of violence as a means to change,” Shehu said.

While reacting to the death of Badeh, Shehu said investigation is ongoing and “14 suspects based on their alleged involvement in a report that has been sent to the police and the Nigeria Air Force for further action.”

 

The Guardian

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